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Left to Right: Batya Shmukler, Telfed Chairman and Kelly Odes, the recipient of the Maurice Ostroff Award

Truth Be Told, which promotes engagement in public diplomacy, has awarded Bar-Ilan University’s Gerald Steinberg its second annual Maurice Ostroff Award for outstanding service in the field.

Ostroff, one of the co-founders of the group, died in 2015. Co-founder and director David Kaplan told Haaretz that at the event Batya Shmukler, the Chairperson of Telfed, South African Zionist Federation (Israel), also presented the Maurice Ostroff Award to Kelly Odes, a first-year student at IDC Herzliya from Johannesburg.

The evening also presented an opportunity to have a panel discussion on the legacy of the Balfour Declaration. The panel included Steinberg, Dr. Elana Heiderman, Executive Director of Israel Forever Foundation and Dr. David Breakstone, Vice Chairman of the Jewish Agency. Zvi Green, another Truth Be Told co-founder, said that while there was consensus on its historical role, “the contentious issues were where the country is headed from here.

Courtesy of Steve Klein, Ha’aretz

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